Celebrating a Year

week 261 ~ let’s make peace and give it a chance

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me.261let’s make peace and give it a chance
make dinner and serve it up hot
let’s make love and marry or not
make some babies teach them to dance 

make good music a grand entrance
make time without asking what for
make art make dreams come true and more

make mistakes make amends make tea 

make someone laugh make them happy
let’s make a better world not war

I have been trying to write a poem about peace for my friend Jamie’s “Poets Against War” on her blog Into the Bardo. Everything came out so stilted– no point trying to force the muse– until I was in the airport in Rio thinking about my family and events of the past few weeks, and this decima just popped out. A bit late, Jamie, but heartfelt.

Written by mairmusic

October 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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  1. No problem at all, Marilynn. It’s wonderful, covering all the things that matter most.

    I’ll add it in when I log onto the site later today. In fact, I will also make it tomorrow’s featured poem. I don’t think you will mind. All links and credit as usual. Thank you! Much appreciated … so well done.

    Hope today finds you happy with your music and friends, good food and lots of sunshine.

    Warmest regards,

    Jamie Dedes

    October 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    • Thanks Jamie, for this and all you do.


      October 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      • Do you know this poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay?

        We have gone too far; we do not know how to stop; impetus
        Is all we have. And we share it with the pushed Inert.

        We are clever, — we are as clever as monkeys; and some of us
        Have intellect, which is our danger, for we lack intelligence
        And have forgotten instinct.

        Progress — progress is the dirtiest word in the language–who ever told us —
        And made us believe it – – that to take a step forward was necessarily, was always
        A good idea? In this unlighted cave, one step forward
        That step can be the down-step into the Abyss.
        But we, we have no sense of direction; impetus
        Is all we have; we do not proceed, we only
        Roll down the mountain,
        Like disbalanced boulders, crushing before us many
        Delicate springing things, whose plan it was to grow.

        Clever, we are, and inventive, — but not creative;
        For, to create, one must decide — the cells must decide — what form,
        What colour, what sex, how many petals, five, or more than five,
        Or less than five.

        But we, we decide nothing: the bland Opportunity
        Presents itself, and we embrace it, — we are so grateful
        When something happens which is not directly War;
        For we think — although of course, now we very seldom
        Clearly think–
        That the other side of War is Peace.

        We have no sense; we only roll downhill. Peace
        Is the temporary beautiful ignorance that War
        Somewhere progresses.

        Edna St. Vincent Millay


        October 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      • Thank you and thanks for this poem. I hadn’t read it.

        Jamie Dedes

        November 10, 2013 at 6:33 am

      • The EVM one? She wrote some intense anti-war and anti-oppression poems later in her career. Not so popular or smilingly cynical as the “girl poet” stuff that made her famous, but worth reading. Glad, as always, to contribute to Bardo.


        November 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

  2. So many other wonderful things to do instead of war…a fine poem to that point.


    October 10, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  3. ditto to charles

    Sharmishtha Basu

    October 11, 2013 at 7:18 am

  4. there is much we could make…it all comes down to a choice…and in the case of countries…what we let be made….

    brian miller

    October 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    • so true– hence my stream of conscious ditty. thanks for reading, Brian.


      October 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

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